Psychology (MSc Program)

*Applicable Supervisors:
Sherry Beaumont, Professor
Henry Harder, Professor
Han Li, Professor
Paul D. Siakaluk, Professor
William Owen, Associate Professor
Annie Duchesne, Assistant Professor
Loraine Lavallee, Assistant Professor
Heath Matheson, Assistant Professor
Cherisse Seaton, Adjunct Professor


The MSc in Psychology at UNBC provides breadth in the substantive and methodological areas of Psychology, with a focus on health and human psychology. The MSc provides advanced research and experiential training so that graduates gain skills beneficial to academic and related areas.


Applicants must have an Honours degree in Psychology or an undergraduate degree in Psychology (or a related field) with research experience.

Students interested in applying for the MSc in Psychology are responsible for ensuring that all application materials are received at UNBC by the application deadline:
  • a completed application form;
  • a letter of interest;
  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions;
  • three letters of reference from academic referees; and
  • a copy of a thesis or paper submitted for course work.
Application deadlines are found in this calendar under "Semester Dates" or online at:, also under "Semester Dates." The Psychology MSc Program accepts students for the September Semester.

For additional information about graduate admissions or to download application materials, go to the Graduate Programs website at


Students in the MSc Program are required to complete a minimum of 20 credit hours of course work consisting of two quantitative methods courses:
PSYC 600-4Quantitative Methods I
PSYC 605-4Quantitative Methods II

and four courses, two of which must be from the following:
PSYC 610-3Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 615-3Social Psychology
PSYC 620-3Health Psychology
PSYC 631-3Psychopathology
PSYC 635-3Cognition and Learning
PSYC 645-3Developmental Psychology

Required graduate courses in Psychology are offered on a two-year schedule.

These courses provide students with the basic foundations upon which to build their MSc research. In addition, all MSc students are required to successfully complete an MSc thesis (PSYC 690-12).

Students must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.33 (B+) or greater by the end of their second semester of registration, and maintain it at B+ or better thereafter.

Students may be required to address deficiencies within their background preparation in Psychology or in their area of concentration that are identified by the Psychology Graduate Committee. Additional courses may be required.

Normally, students  present an acceptable thesis proposal to their supervisory committee by the end of their first year in the program. It is expected that defence of the Master's thesis will take place within two years of acceptance into the program.
Updated: 12 October 2018